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The restoration of a lasting peace in Mali is essential for long term stability in the Sahel region and in a broader sense for Africa and Europe.
At the request of the Malian Government and on the basis of UN resolutions, in particular the UN Security Council Resolution 2085, the Member States of the European Union agreed to establish a mission to train the Malian Armed Forces (MaAF), in the framework of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The First Mandate for the EU-Training Mission in Mali was established in February 2013. We are now at the end of Mandate 3, which will end in May 2018.''


Our mission


n order to continue providing military training and advice to the Malian Armed Forces the Council of the European Union decided on 23 March 2016, EUTM Mali`s third Mandate, which will last until 18 May 2018. EUTM Mali will train, advice and educate the MaAF under the control of legitimate civilian authorities, in order to contribute to the restauration of their military capacity with a view to enabling them to conduct military operations aiming at restoring Malian territorial integrity, protecting the population and reducing the threat posed by terrorist groups.
Within the decision for Mandate Three the mission area was extended towards the river Niger loop including the municipalities of Gao and Timbuktu.


UTM Mali is a ‘non-executive mission’, that is to say, the deployed servicemen and women do not participate in combat activities and do not accompany the Malian units in operations.
During Mandate 3 EUTM Mali progressively move from initially centralized activities, towards a more decentralized approach in the regions, enabling the MaAF to increasingly take responsibility for a military owned education and training system and for the lead in achieving the aim of a successful reform process.
EUTM Mali`s Third Mandate consists of 4 phases: Shaping, Initial Decentralization, Overall Decentralization and Transfer of Authority.

Currently 27 countries are participating in the mission. Overall, approximately 575 servicemen and women are deployed in EUTM Mali. The mission is led by Brigadier General Enrique Millán Martínez (Spain).

EUTM Mali respond to the operational needs of the Malian Armed Forces through the provision of:
– training support for the benefit of the Malian Armed Forces,
– training and advice on command and control, logistical chain and human resources, as well as training on International Humanitarian Law, protection of civilians and human rights,
– a contribution, upon Malian request and in coordination with MINUSMA, to the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration process framed by the Peace Agreement, through the provision of training sessions in order to facilitate the reconstruction of inclusive Malian Armed Forces,
– support to the G5 Sahel process, within the activities of EUTM Mali in support of the Malian Armed Forces, by contributing to enhancing coordination and interoperability within the G5 Sahel national armed forces.

The EUTM headquarters is located in Bamako. The training camp in Koulikoro is located 60 km northeast of Bamako and is the home of the Education and Training Task Force.

Additionally, EUTM Mali also conduct decentralized training within “Combined Mobile Advisory and Training Teams (CMATT).

In Brussels, the mission established a support cell in order to liaise to the different branches of the European External Affairs Service (EEAS) and the respective officials within the Common Defence and Security Policy of the European Union.

*22 European States (EU members):

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom.

4 European countries (not members of the EU): Georgia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania.


EUTM Mali provides advice at both strategic and regional level, to the Ministry of Defence, Malian Armed Forces (MaAF) authorities and to military headquarters in the military region garrisons in support of to the implementation of the structural reforms encompassed in the Defence Programming Law.

Additionally, the Mission assists the MaAF in assessing the implementation of the reform. French-speaking, multi-disciplinary, military advisors share their experience and expertise with their Malian counterparts in the domains of human resources management, logistics, intelligence, conduct of operations, information systems, finances and planning.

During the last years, EUTM Mali has successfully trained 8 Battlegroups whereas 5 Battlegroups have been retrained. Additionally, several Leadership Courses as well as Specialized Training Courses took place.

In total, more than 11500 soldiers have been trained by EUTM Mali which represents approximately 1/3 of all the Malian Armed Forces. In order to transition to an autonomous Malian Armed Forces training in the future, EUTM concentrates on a gradual “Train the Trainer” and “Monitor the Trainer” approach focusing on Malian Armed Forces leaders mainly in the military region headquarter garrisons, Malian military schools or at the EUTM Training Centre in Koulikoro.

10December 2012: approval of the crisis management concept by the European Union.
– 24 December 2012: official request for support of the President of the Republic of
Mali to the European Union.
– 17 January 2013: founding of EUTM Mali and appointment of Brigadier-General
Lecointre (France) as the Commander of the mission.
– 18 February 2013: official start of EUTM in Brussels.
– 20 February 2013: official start of EUTM in Bamako.
– 05 April to 07 June 2013: training of the first Malian GTIA “WARABA”.
– 07 July to 14 September 2013: training of the second GTIA “ELOU”.

01August 2013: Passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Lecointre to Brigadier-General Guibert (France).
– 23 October to 07 December 2013: training of the third Malian GTIA “SIGUI”.
– 16 December 2013 to 28 March 2014: first course “Train the trainers” (TTT).
– 01 January to 18 March 2014: training of the fourth Malian GTIA “BALANZAN”.
-01 April 2014: passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Guibert to
Brigadier-General Rudkiewicz (France).
– 05 May to 24 August 2014: training of the fifth Malian GTIA “DEBO”.
– 18 May 2014: extension of the Mission until May 2016.

01September to 14 November 2014: first company commander course.
– 24 October 2014: passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Rudkiewicz
(France) to Brigadier-General García Vaquero (Spain).
– 24 November to 21 February 2014: training of the sixth Malian GTIA “Al FAROUK”.
– 29 June to 21 July 2015: “Special weapons instructor course”.
– 01 July to 30 July 2015: First Sergeant Course.

28July 2015: passing the mission lead by Brigadier-General García Vaquero (Spain) to Brigadier-General Pfrengle (Germany).
– 17 September 2015: first visit of the President of the Republic of Mali on EUTM Mali in Koulikoro.
– 12 October to 10 December 2015: training of the seventh GTIA, while first-time participation in a company of the Gendarmerie.
– 18 December 2015: passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Pfrengle
(Germany) to Brigadier-General Albl (Germany).

11January to 22 January 2016: training by the units of the 33rd Regiment of paratroopers in Bamako.
– 15 February – 6 May 2016: training of GTIA 8.
– 23 March 2016: Decision of the Council of the European Union for
Mandate three with duration until 18 May 2018.
– 19 May 2016: Beginning of the Third Mandate.
– 03 July 2016: passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Albl
(Germany) to Brigadier-General Harvent (Belgium).

18July to 29 July 2016: First G5 SAHEL Liaison Officer Course.
– 15 December 2016: Closing Ceremony of CMATT in Kati.
– 05 December to 16 December 2016: G5 SAHEL Formation Course.
– 19 December 2016: Change of Command: passing the mission led by
Brigadier-General Harvent (Belgium) to Brigadier-General Peter Devogelaere (Belgium).

– 19 February to 11 March 2017: CMATT in Gao.
– 13 February to 28 April 2017: CMATT in Segou.
– 1 May to 15 May 2017: G5 Sahel course.
– 20 May to 22 June 2017: CMATT in Sikasso.
– 12 July 2017: Change of Command: passing the mission led by
Brigadier-General Peter Devogelaere (Belgium) to Brigadier-General Bart Laurent (Belgium).

31July to 23 August 2017 : CMATT in Gao.

– 24 July to 08 September 2017: CMATT Kati.

– 24 July to 15 September 2017: Formation of Artillery Platoons and mortar Sections.

– 11 August to 21 October: formation ETIA (Élément Tactique Inter Armes).

– 29 August to 18 September 2017: CMATT in Timbuktu.

– 07 to 21 September 2017: Logistic Course.

– 25 September to 06 October 2017: G5 SAHEL Staff Course.

– 16 October to 23 November 2017: CMATT in Kayes.

– 26 November to 22 December 2017: CMATT in Sévare.


15 January: Start of the 6th Company Commanders Course.

– 20 January 2018: The new Malian Armed Forces Joint Operational Centre (COIA) officially inaugurated.

Second series of military doctrine documents officially handed over.

Donation of the prototype Role 1 Medical Treatment Facility (MTF).

– Along all the 3th Mandate:  The ‘Leadership and Education Team’ gave Leadership courses to the EMIA.

Pillars of Leadership.

Military Culture and Leadership.

Leadership at the tactical Level.

Principles of International Humanitarian law, Human Rights and their relevance in Contemporary armed conflicts.

Rules on the conduct of Hostilities.

31 January: Change of Command: passing the mission led by Brigadier-General Bart Laurent (Belgium) to Brigadier-General Enrique Millan Martinez (Spain).

– 01 February to 04 March: CMATT Sikasso.

In order to enhance leadership skills in the MaAF, leadership education and training, especially for the junior and middle leadership, appears crucial.

The Mission aims to develop the military education system by integrating EUTM instructors into the officer and non-commissioned officer school, in order to improve the authority, legitimacy, actions and behavior of each MaAF leader. The main focus lies on legal and leadership skills education, tactical and strategical education, training planning process, basic military principles and International Humanitarian Law.

At Koulikoro Training Centre, the Education and Training Task Force (ETTF) offers special courses to Malian Armed Forces, such as:

– Sharpshooter training
– Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Training
– Mortar training
– Commando training
– Infantry training
– Counter IED training
– First aid training

Previously, decentralized and specialized training courses for the leadership of the Malian armed forces have been held. This training could be conducted centrally in the future, if required. Experience shows that the company commanders are a decisive factor in the success of operations. Therefore it is proposed that future Malian company commanders participate in a 12 week long course consisting of the following basic topics that will be taught by the instructors of EUTM Mali include:

– Medical planning
– Shooting training
– Management of the unit (in various tactical situations)
– Request for fire support (e.g., artillery)

To best prepare the aspiring leaders for their demanding tasks, the Malian officers attend lessons in leadership, as well as in international humanitarian law training.

This type of course, which lasts from four to twelve weeks depending on MaAF requirements, ensures that future Malian instructors are trained to independently plan and deliver high-quality training in their home unit locations. The TTT (Train The Trainer) approach is used in all our training and advising efforts both in centralized in KTC and/or during a CMATT deployment.
The focus of the course is on methods of instruction, as well as the preparation and planning of teaching and practical training.

The respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law is an essential part of EUTM training, delivered by highly-qualified staff.

The education includes a basic understanding of humanity, distinction, proportionality and military necessity as core principles. Additionally, a knowledge of measures and procedures, required in dealing with protected sites and persons such as, capture, transfer and treatment of prisoners, identification and treatment of children in armed conflicts, Rules of Engagement, self-defence, the protection of women and prevention of sexual violence, as well as handling of refugees and internally displaced persons, is of utmost importance and therefore part of the IHL education.

Consult the factsheet by clicking on the link below.

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Locations to EUTM Mali

Bamako advice activities

The staff of EUTM Mali is located in Bamako. It also includes advisors of the ATF (Advisory Task Force) who bring their expertise to the General Staff of the MaAF. This represents nearly 150 people.

It’s in the training center of Kolikoro that the main contingent of EUTM Mali is found with more than 400 soldiers. This is where an important part of the training for the MaAF takes place. It’s also the instructors based in Koulikoro who deliver the training in the Military Regions within the framework of the CMATT.

The 3rd  mandate of EUTM Mali includes an extension of the engagement zone to the Niger loop and includes the cities of Timbuktu and Gao. The objective is to deliver training and advice within the Military Regions, where the MaAF express this need. EUTM Mali has already organized 5 decentralized formations called CMATT (Combined Mobile Advisory & Training Team): two in Segou, one in Kati, one in Gao and one in Sikasso.